The number of people in work is now more than 30.4 million people - which is the highest since records began in 1971.
There was a further fall in unemployment today which was fuelled by a record high of 4.5 million people who are self-employed.
The number of people working for themselves jumped by 183,000 from January to March, compared with a rise of 375,000 over the past year.
Almost one in five young people in the region have had mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts, because they don't have jobs.
That's according to a study by the Prince's Trust which says long term unemployment can make young people twice as likely to need anti-depressants. The number of youngsters claiming benefits for more than six months has increased 246% since the beginning of the recession in 2008.
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A man from Bristol who sent out more than 300 job applications now has a job.
22 year old Michael Wright is now working as a games developer after sending out the applications six months ago.
We'll find out if his success bucked the trend when the latest unemployment figures are released later today.
The number of people without a job in the south west is down. According to the government's latest figures five thousand fewer are out of work, that's a fall of six per cent.
But the numbers in traditional salaried jobs with guaranteed hours and paid holidays is falling. John Andrews has been to Axminister, which was badly hit when the town's main employer went into administration.
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East Devon was badly hit when Axminster Carpets went into administration putting 300 jobs at risk.
The new owners have taken back half the original staff and believe the town is now more optimistic for the future.
The former Mayor of Axminster Cllr Andrew Moulding spoke to ITV News West Country:
Stephen Timms, shadow employment minister, said: "The Government’s welfare reform has comprehensively failed at a time when youth unemployment is edging towards a million, and long-term unemployment is at its highest level in 17 years.
"The Youth Contract is on course to miss its target by 92 per cent, and the flagship Work Programme has not hit a single one of its minimum performance standards."